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Monday, June 17, 2013
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Does the Obama administration really want to solve all these controversies?
Guest: Rep Trey Gowdy (R-SC)
"The Obama administration does not want to tell us what happened in Benghazi, how the IRS got so far out of control, and what exactly the feds are doing snooping around private communications. We are being stonewalled! Director of Intelligence James Clapper misled us when he denied that the NSA collects data on millions of Americans. Then FBI Director Robert Mueller was unable to name the lead investigator on the IRS investigation. Are you kidding me? If Mueller doesn't know specifics about the IRS investigation, it's because he doesn't want to know. Also, Attorney General Eric Holder doesn't know anything about snooping on reporters! This is an insult to the intelligence of all Americans and it is clear that the Obama administration is not going to aggressively investigate the controversies. Therefore, Congress must do it and there will have to be special prosecutors appointed in nearly all of the cases. By the time we know what really happened, President Obama will be finishing up his second term. Is this the way the United States government should be running? You make the call."

The Factor welcomed Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy, who has aggressively interrogated IRS officials about the agency's targeting of conservative organizations. "One place we ought to be looking," Gowdy said, "is the Obama-Biden reelection team. I can't prove to you that this goes to the White House, but I don't believe two rogue agents in Cincinnati concocted this scheme on their own. The Obama administration won't get to the bottom of this because they don't have to." Gowdy predicted that special prosecutors will eventually be named. "In our system oversight is supposed to be provided by Congress and the voters and the media. But with a couple of exceptions, the media is not providing oversight. We need special prosecutors, and one thing we should have done weeks ago is cut the funding to the IRS. Hopefully our fellow citizens will be so disgusted that they demand criminal accountability for these actions."
More on President Obama's scandals
Guests: Juan Williams & Mary Katharine Ham
Juan Williams and Mary Katharine Ham entered the No Spin Zone with their thoughts on the Washington controversies. Williams affirmed his trust in FBI Director Robert Mueller, who testified that he doesn't know the name of the lead agent in the IRS investigation. "Republicans and Democrats think the world of Mueller," Williams declared, "and I don't know why you think he's willing to sacrifice his credibility for Barack Obama. The FBI is a massive organization, he doesn't know! And Congressman Gowdy doesn't have any evidence linking anybody in the White House or the administration to anything." But Ham contended that Mueller's apparent ignorance is damning. "It's an indication of how seriously they're taking this investigation. The bottom line is that it's politically advantageous for the administration not to talk about this stuff for a long time." The Factor urged a thorough investigation into the IRS scandal, stating, "The people who leaked out stuff against individuals should be in prison."
Is the NSA leaker a hero or traitor?
Guest: Karl Rove
Former Vice President Dick Cheney has labeled NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden "a traitor" who has "committed crimes." The Factor scrutinized that accusation with Karl Rove. "We can all agree," Rove began, "that Mr. Snowden has betrayed the trust of the American people. But whether or not he is guilty of treason, which is punishable by death, can be left to the lawyers. He's more likely to be charged with violating the Espionage Act, which could lead to as much as 100 years in jail if he's found guilty on all charges. If he were truly protecting the Constitution, he should have gone to members of Congress that are sympathetic to his viewpoint. He did not do that - he flew to Hong Kong, gave a bunch of interviews, and is living the high life in a territory of the People's Republic of China." The Factor concluded, "Edward Snowden chose to do what he did and he has to take the consequences of American law."
Journalist's computer hacked!
Guest: Sharyl Atkisson
The Factor welcomed CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, one of the few mainstream reporters who has been investigating possible wrongdoing in the Obama administration. She revealed that CBS has concluded that her computers have been hacked. "Last fall there were so many things happening in the Attkisson household," she explained, "so many strange electronic-related things. Computers were coming on by themselves, sometimes there was a cacophony of computer noise in the middle of the night. At the time I was looking into 'Fast and Furious' and some of the 'green energy' stimulus spending debacles, then the Benghazi story. I think I know who is behind this, but I can't go into that. To come into a private citizen's home and look in my family and work computers? It's outrageous!"
Analyzing power families
Guest: Bernard Goldberg
There are some very close ties between TV network executives and administration officials. As just two examples of many, ABC News President Ben Sherwood's sister is an advisor to President Obama and CBS News President David Rhodes' brother is also an advisor to the President. FNC's Bernie Goldberg opined on the media/administration connections. "There are a lot of critics who say there are too many reporters in bed with the administration," Goldberg said, "and it's literally true in some cases. If you're a reporter and your wife works at the White House, you're in bed with this administration. Reporters are always lecturing politicians about how they have to avoid 'even the appearance of a conflict of interest,' but apparently these rules don't apply to journalists themselves. What troubles me is that if you're married to somebody who works for Barack Obama, there's a good chance that you like him and his politics. So you have the media bubble that is filled with media people and political operatives."
Which way do IRS attorneys lean politically?
Guest: Adam Carolla
A new study indicates that attorneys working for the IRS gave twenty times more in political contributions to President Obama than to Mitt Romney. Adam Carolla expressed a total lack of surprise. "What do you expect?" he questioned. "It's job security for these guys - they love big government, they want bigger government, they want more IRS and more taxes. So who are they going to vote for? How many vegetarians work at a slaughterhouse? But these are the people who take our money and then decide what is a charitable organization. You don't want people whose fingers are on the triggers and switches being political one way or the other."
A major announcement
The Factor revealed that all five living Presidents have personally signed eight copies of a photograph that was taken when they were together at the Bush Library dedication. The eight signed photographs will be awarded to those folks who make the biggest donations to the Independence Fund, which is purchasing Trackchairs for severely wounded veterans. Those of you who aren't quite so flush can obtain a facsimile of the signed photo for a donation of $25 or more. All the details are here on BillOReilly.com.
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